What happens when you take a love of fishing and combine it with a potential shot to beat the system? Well… if you’re in Taipei you get this:
What on earth am I talking about? Generally a very good question as I often wonder that very thing sometimes, but in this case I’m talking about a very popular recreational activity here in Taipei…shrimp fishing. Yes, shrimp fishing… indoor shrimp fishing. So you see that pool in the photo above? Well, that sucker is filled with shrimp. You pay the family running the place 500 Taiwanese dollars (about $16.50) and they give you a fishing pole, bait and a net, and you have two hours to pull as many shrimp out of the pool as you possibly can.
Now, apparently I’m not a very good shrimp fisherman as I made it almost the whole two hours without catching a thing (and believe me, folks were pulling out shrimp left and right all around me). However, with about fifteen minutes to go I caught this guy:
Now, this being Taiwan, which is one of the more convenient places on earth (literally, it’s so easy to anything and everything here), there’s a grill right in the back so can cook up what you’ve caught and eat it on the spot.
Now, I clearly did not beat the system, but there didn’t seem to be a shortage of people willing to try, and I think if you had a little bit of luck you’d be able to pull in more shrimp than you could buy at the market for an equivalent amount. Clearly, I’ll be at the market.